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Climate researchers stress that natural gas bridges can often lead to nowhere as the reliance on natural gas can lock countries into fossil fuels, crowd out low-carbon technologies and risk stranding assets. (Shutterstock)

A bridge to nowhere: Natural gas will not lead Canada to a sustainable energy future

Fossil fuel companies are winning the battle on how we talk about natural gas expansion by referring to it as a “bridge fuel” or an essential bridge to the net-zero energy system of the future.
The new prime minister Liz Truss has announced plans to reverse the fracking ban and drill for more North Sea gas. Clicksbox/Shutterstock

What Liz Truss’s government means for climate action

Liz Truss has appointed a loyal cabinet with varied environmental credentials. What will this mean for UK climate action?
Texas is the No. 1 wind power producer in the U.S. Greg Smith/Corbis SABA via Getty Images

Who benefits from renewable energy subsidies? In Texas, it’s often fossil fuel companies that are fighting clean energy elsewhere

While Congress considers new renewable energy incentives, Texas’ sprawling wind farms tell a story about renewable energy ownership in the US – and who benefits from subsidies.
Firefighters putting out a fire at an Engen oil refinery on 4 December 2020 in Durban, South Africa. Gallo Images via GettyImages

Oil refinery closures, cleaner fuels and security of supply in South Africa

Refinery closures in South Africa are shots fired in the long running contestation between the oil refiners and the government, which has been trying to introduce cleaner fuels.
This direct air capture plant in Iceland was designed to capture 4,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. Climeworks 2021 via AP Photos

How not to solve the climate change problem

A climate scientist looks at what works and some popular ideas that aren’t as cheap or effective as people hope.

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